Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Baron Home of the Hirsel, KT, PC - Christ Church

Douglas-Home was Prime Minister from Oct 1963 to Oct 1964, and is notable for being the last Prime Minister to hold office while being a member of the House of Lords prior to renouncing his peerage and taking up a seat in the House of Commons for the remainder of his premiership.

His reputation, however, rests more on his two periods of serving as Foreign Minister than on his relatively brief premiership. Within six years of first entering the House of Commons in 1931, Douglas-Home became parliamentary aide to Neville Chamberlain, witnessing first-hand Chamberlain’s efforts as Prime Minister to preserve peace through appeasement in the two years before the outbreak of WWII. Under the premierships of Churchill, Eden, and Macmillan, he was appointed to a series of increasingly senior posts, including Leader of the House of Lords and Foreign Secretary.

In Oct 1963, Macmillan was taken ill and resigned as Prime Minister; Douglas-Home was chosen to succeed him. By the 1960s it was becoming more unacceptable for a Prime Minister to sit in the House of Lords, and Douglas-Home renounced his earldom and successfully stood for election to the House of Commons. His premiership was the second briefest of the 20th century, lasting two days short of a year.

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